With spring officially underway, we’re anxiously awaiting its hotter, sunnier friend — summer. We’ve already started shopping for the oversized pool floaties, ‘grammable swimsuits and weekend getaways with all of the summer friday’s coming our way. All of this daydreaming and planning has inevitably spilled into our beauty routines, so we rounded up our favorite transitional beauty products — the ones we’ll be keeping in the rotation all spring and summer long.
If you’re not wearing mineral sunscreen, you’re making a mistake. We get all the reasons to be wary of the stuff — the consistency, the pricepoint, the fact that many formulas leave an unflattering gray/white cast on skin. But the good outweighs the bad, and Bare Republic has addressed all of the above grievances with their Tinted Mineral Sunscreen — an affordable and effective choice formulated with a hint of color that blends seamlessly with skin. We’re sold, and you should be too.
Even though Pantone said it’s an ultraviolet year, we’re arguing that pastels are going to have their time to shine, as well. Millennial pink is on its way out and will be replaced with soft shades of lilac and violet, a soft rendition of the punchy, purple hue. We’re getting the look through colored cat eyes, a trend that is also on the rise. Try the NYX Vivid Brights Eyeliner in Vivid Blossom, a bright yet subdued pastel that is neutral enough for everyday but still special.
Famed fashion brand Proenza Schouler released its first perfume in February 2018, and we haven’t been able to get over its Arizona-inspired scent since. It’s floral, woody and musky — a scent that works well in the spring but continues to shine in summer, too.
We’ve raved about this product time and time again, but that’s because it’s good and worth the 20 bucks. The vitamin E infused lippie smells like peppermint, has a slight plumping effect on the lips and comes in 20 shades. There’s a few glossy renditions of old time faves like Beso and 1993, as well as holographic shades that are on trend and fun.
Because it’s important to see your glow from across the room, a highlighting lotion is a must. We love the Lumi Glotion, a hydrating formula that can be worn all over the face or in targeted areas for a more concentrated glow. There are four, unique shades formulated to complement a wide range of skin tones and can be mixed and matched for a customizable effect. We particularly love the consistency — it really does feel like lotion and moisturizes the skin underneath, or on top of your face makeup.
Yes, there’s such a thing as summer foundations, and no, it’s never too early to start using them. Summer foundations refer to lighter, thinner formulas that don’t feel heavy and lend themselves to a dewy, luminous glow. These formulas are typically light-to-medium coverage and give your skin a slight boost that looks natural once applied. We love the Skin Feels Good Tint from Lancôme, an oil-free formula that offers natural but buildable coverage. It is currently available in 11 shades and contains SPF 23, ideal for those days spent in the sun.
We’re huge fans of bright nail shades that can start a conversation — Capri is definitely one of those shades. A fiery, hot orange, this shade looks great on a wide range of skin tones and will turn any basic outfit into a look.
About the Author:Tembe Denton-Hurst hails from Brooklyn, NY, but if you ask her, the answer will be much more complicated. She's passionate about YouTube, storytelling and swatching everything she can get her hands on. When the assistant beauty editor isn't brainstorming crazy ideas for makeup.com, she's lurking on Reddit, spending time with her cats Stella and Dakota or asking obvious questions.